Science Teacher Spends Summer in Lab
Tamarac Middle School science teacher, Becky Tennyson, spent the summer working along scientists at Wadsworth Labs. Tennyson worked on a project that addresses mosquito adaptation to increasing temperature in the environment. Tennyson was one of five participants chosen for the competitive program from Questar III BOCES called Summer Science Research Institute. Learn more 8/22/14
Come Support the Tamarac Booster Club
The Tamarac Booster Club is holding the 3rd Annual Car Wash Saturday, August 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Town of Brunswick building on Route 7. The cost of the car wash will be $5 and we will also have Bengal window clings for $5 each. Please spread the word and come get your car washed!
High School Graduation Ceremony Survey
ATTENTION Brunswick Community, The Student Board of Education member, and BOE would like your feedback on the Tamarac High School Graduation Ceremony. This survey is anonymous. Results will help us in the planning of future graduations. We appreciate and value your input. Please take the survey and share the survey link with others. Graduation Survey
Tips to Ease Transition From Summer Vacation to School
Ready or not, the school year is quickly approaching. It’s time to start thinking about going back to school. Here are five tips to help ease the transition from summer vacation to school. Click here to read more..8/1314
Seeking Modified Cross Country Coach
The Brunswick/ Brittonkill CSD is seeking a Modified Cross Country Coach. The season begins September 1st. Applicants must be New York State certified in First Aid and CPR. If interested, please contact the Athletic Director Donna VanZandt at: email@example.com or call her at 518-279-4600 ext. 2403.8/7/14
Information on NYS Property Tax Freeze Credit Program
This fall, homeowners in Brittonkill/Brunswick CSD who qualify for New York’s STAR exemption will receive an additional state rebate check. The rebate is part of the Property Tax Freeze Credit Program created as part of this year’s New York State budget agreement. Qualified homeowners will receive the rebate because Brittonkill/Brunswick CSD’s proposed 2014-15 budget is within the state’s property tax cap. The rebate check will come from the state, not the district. Click here for a fact sheet with more information. 8/5/14
If you have not registered your child for kindergarten please contact Mabel Dumas, 518-279-4600 ext. 2006 to arrange an appointment. Click here for registration information and forms. 7/2414.
Elementary School Playground Closed for Repairs
One of the Elementary School playgrounds will be closed until August 18 for repairs. 7/2214.
Tamarac Students Attend Tech Valley Summer Camp
Incoming 9th grade Tamarac students Hunter Fitzpatrick and Emma Fountain participated in the Tech Valley Summer Camp last week.
Click here to read more about how they spent their week at camp. Posted 7/2214.
2014 Fall Sports Schedules
The 2014 Fall Sports Schedules have been posted. Click here to see the schedules. Posted 7/17/14.
Pre-Season Practice Schedule
Parents, if your student plans to try out for a J.V. or Varsity sport, please see the Pre-Season Practice Schedule by clicking here. Posted 7/9/14.
2014-2015 Suggested School Supply Lists
The suggested school supply lists for the 2014-2015 school year are now available by clicking here. Posted 7/8/14.
Tamarac High School Senior Receives Scholarship Award From Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club for Essay
Tamarac Senior Collin Wilson was one of two recipients to receive a $500 scholarship award from the Southern Rensselaer County Rotary Club essay competition. You can view the event and Wilson’s essay here. Congratulations! Posted 6/27/14.
Congratulations Class of 2014! Commencement - Friday, June 27 at 7p.m.
The Class of 2014 Commencement Ceremony will be held Friday, June 27 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. If you would like to share photos of the event for a photo gallery, please e-mail Communication Specialist Kristin LaPlante. Congratulations to all our graduates! Posted 6/27/14.
Tamarac High School Student Chosen to Perform Own Composition at NYSSMA Young Composer Honors Concert
Jacob Ali has been selected to perform his own composition at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Young Composer Honors Concert at the Winter Conference in Rochester on December 5, 2014. NYSSMA received more than 100 compositions, so the competition was strong and this is a very high honor.
At the conference, in addition to the Young Composer Honors Concert, Ali will participate in the Student Composition Workshops and will attend the Young Composer Seminar with the distinguished Composer-in-Residence Alex Shapiro. Congratulations! Posted 6/24/14.
Board Of Education Approves Additional Extracurricular Activities for 2014-2015 School Year
At the June 12 Board of Education meeting, the BOE agreed to the addition of the following extracurricular activities for 2014-2015 School year:
Science Club – High School
Science Club – Middle School
Modified Boys Basketball
Modified Girls’ Basketball
Olympics of the Visual Arts
Music Clubs –Middle School
Builder’s Club (Kiwanis ) Posted 6/23/14.
Creative Writing Workshop for High School Students
A Creative Writing Workshop for High School Students will be held at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute July 14 to July 18. This one week day enrichment program will let student-writers dive into the themes that move them and open them up to new ideas, shaping and sharing stories throughout the week. With a variety of fun exercises, students will explore characterization, setting, imagery, plot and more as they create one longer story. This story will then be workshopped in peer groups, revised and edited. For more information and to register for this program click here. Posted 6/20/14.
Summer School Information Now Available
Information regarding area Summer School programs is now available in the High School Counseling Center. Required eligibility forms, and registration materials should be picked up as soon as possible, as the registration dates at the summer school sites begin as early as June 27. Click here for 2014 Summer School and Regents/RCT Exam Registration Information.Posted 6/20/14.
Therapy Dog Has Calming Effect on Students
Meet Jenna, she is a three year old Goldendoodle, likes to swim, chase squirrels, be read to, loves her belly or head rubbed, and has quickly become a beloved figure by students and staff at Brunswick CSD.
Jenna is a therapy dog certified by Therapy Dogs International. A therapy dog is a dog trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with learning difficulties. High School Music Teacher Jeff Calistri is Jenna’s owner. Calistri brings her to school every other week for one day, and she spends three days a week working in the Health Center at Union College.
Jenna creates a calming presence for students. Elementary Reading Teacher Daphne Muench said that, “Students tend to become relaxed and focused around Jenna, and they associate reading with the pleasant feeling of being near a dog provides.” After Jenna’s visit some of the comments from Muench’s students were, “It was fun and it was calm. I felt comfortable and good reading to her.” Another student said, “I thought that she was a good listener and I liked to read to her.” You can keep up with Jenna on her facebook page or click here to see more pictures of Jenna. Posted 6/19/14.
Board of Education Honors Retirees and Tenure Recipient
The Board hosted a reception recognizing the faculty and staff retiring this year as well as the faculty that were granted tenure. Outgoing Board members were also recognized for their service to the district. Retirees are Bus drivers’ Barbara Beaudoin (25 years), Dale Goyer (20 years), Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Neil Haley (18 years), Watchman John Johnas (7 years), Elementary Secretary Joanne Lupe (19 years). Outgoing Board Members’ Judy Wienman (2 years), Jacklyn Lindemann (3 years) and Tenure recipient Elizabeth Koprucki. Congratulations and thank you for your years of service to Tamarac schools! Posted 6/16/14.
Tamarac 7th Grade Students Learn Empathy Through Shoe Project
Since the beginning of the year, the seventh graders have collected 160 pairs of used shoes to donate to Hope 7 in Troy. Hope 7 earns money to keep its doors open, and programs running, from a company that buys the gently used shoes. This company then refurbishes the shoes and distributes them to needy children in our country and abroad.
The "Shoe Project" began a few years ago as a way to bring the theme of "empathy" to the Character Education Program in 7th grade. The kids were asked to write an essay about themselves that showed, "a mile that they had walked" as a young person: either describing an obstacle that they overcame, or an accomplishment they achieved, that not a lot of people knew about. To represent these "miles," each student was asked to bring in a pair of old shoes.
Faculty and staff donated as well, but the majority of the shoes collected came from 44 students in 7th grade. Many of the students donated their own shoes and brought multiple pairs.
Students who donated shoes to the project were: Zach Anders, Sofia Baldwin, Isabella Bisceglia, Tyler Bogan, Korey Brock, Zach Buckley, Gabriella Castiglione, K.C. Champagne, Anthony Ciampolillo, Jared DelSignore, Ryan Derby, Ashley Ellis, Kara Film, Lily Fitzgerald, Kylie Galipeau, Gabby Ghikas, Jacob Goodermote, James Heatley, Hannah Hepp, Haley Honsinger, Jared Houser, Zach Hudson, Sara Kuiken, Lizzy Machnick, Mary Marro, Ashley Mayfield, Brian Moulton, Bridget Mulligan, Michaela Murray, Renna Poulin, Mikayla Quillinan, Isabella Realbuto, Alyssa Remington, Isabelle Schroeder, Ian Scott, Zoe Scott, Kelsey Sloan, Tom Thompson, Haydn Wagner, Luke Wagner, Ryan Waldinger, Amanda Witbeck, Hunter Yearsley and Frank Zotto,
Social Studies teacher Kevin Onorato said, “We will be doing this shoe project next year in 7th grade, and every year after, asking other grades, faculty, staff, and community members for donations. Hopefully, this project can give the kids a better perspective of themselves, and their classmates, appreciating the backgrounds of everyone, helping them think twice before they speak or act out against each other. Maybe even help us teachers remember that each kid comes from different situations too!” Click here to read more about the shoe project. Posted 6/13/14.
Thank You Brittonkill Educational Foundation
We would like to thank The Brittonkill Educational Foundation for their support, and generosity of the two, Tamarac Odyssey of the Mind teams. The Foundation granted $3,000 which was used toward chartering a bus to Ames, Iowa to attend the world finals. Posted 6/13/14.
Brunswick CSD Odyssey of the Mind Teams Competed at the World Competition
The two Brunswick CSD Odyssey of the Mind teams competed in the World Competition May 28 - 31 at Iowa State University. The Elementary School team placed fifth out of 52 teams in the Driver’s Test Division I, and the Secondary School team placed 12th out of 36 teams in the Seeing is Believing Division II competition. “We are so proud of the students. They did an amazing job representing our school and community,” said Superintendent Dr. Angelina Bergin.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international problem solving competition for students in grades K-12. Students are judged on their ability to use creativity and teamwork to solve a pre-selected problem. Please join Brunswick CSD in Congratulating both teams! Posted 6/10/14.
Tamarac Secondary School Math Teacher Receives 2014 Golden Apple Teacher of Excellence Award
Amber Frank, a Tamarac Secondary School math teacher received the 2014 Golden Apple Teacher of Excellence award at an award ceremony hosted by Senator Kathleen Marchione held at Columbia High School on June 5. Ms. Frank was nominated for this award by Principal Rich Pogue and was one of 25 teachers honored within the 43rd Senate District which Senator Marchione represents. Ms. Frank received a certificate, a gold apple pin signifying her as a teacher of excellence, as well as $500 from the Senator to be used for teaching resources in the school district. Congratulations! Posted 6/9/14.
Congratulations to May Students of the Month
Congratulations to Maeve Corcoran, Gillian Churan, Dan Honsinger, Josh Irish, Sara Kuiken, Nicole Madigan, Luke Wagner, Ben Pusatere, Paige Quillinan and Michael Theakos who were recognized as students of the month for May. The awards, which are read over the morning announcements, are part of the Middle School’s Character Education program to recognize students in front of their peers. “Citizenship was the character education theme for May,” said Principal Rich Pogue. “These students showed the importance of citizenship in life, relationships and school. We are happy to acknowledge their accomplishments." Posted 6/9/14.
Tamarac Senior Softball Player Briana Matazinsky Named ESPN 104.5 Athlete of the Week
Tamarac Senior Briana Matazinsky, has been named the inaugural “ESPN 104.5 Athlete of the Week.” Beginning today, 104.5 will be highlighting one Section II athlete per week for their accomplishments on the playing fields or courts. The announcement will be made Friday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m. on 104.5 during the, "Armen and Levack Show." Click here to read more. Congratulations Briana! Posted 6/5/14.
Tamarac High School Musical Production of Footloose Receives Awards and Recognition
The Tamarac High School musical production of Footloose was awarded second place in the Schenectady Light Opera's (SLO) High School Musical Theater Award contest. This is the first time Tamarac has received the award. Tamarac will receive a trophy and a $200 prize from SLO. Click here for more information.Seven students from the cast were also chosen for SLO's Outstanding Performance award:
The cast will be honored and awarded certificates at the Board of Education meeting on June 12. Congratulations to all production staff, cast, and crew! Click here for photos.Posted 6/5/14.
Center for Environment Now Accepting Applications for the 2014 National Environmental Summit This Summer
The Center for the Environment at Catawba College is now accepting applications for its fourth annual National Environmental Summit for High School Students, scheduled for July 8-12, at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. The summit, “Redesigning Our Future,” is open to students from across the country who will be 14-17 years old by the time of the 2014 summit. Click here for more information.Posted 6/1/14.